Hurun Report recognizes YSM with New York-China Award

YSM Dean Robert Blocker

In January, YSM Dean Robert Blocker accepted an award, on behalf of the School of Music, from the Hurun Report. The Shanghai-based media company presented New York-China Awards “recognizing outstanding contributions to the New York-China relationship.” The Yale School of Music was acknowledged “for services to music education.”

Among the other award recipients at a Jan. 23 dinner at the Harvard Club of New York City were Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and Steinway & Sons.


Published February 7, 2019
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Morse Summer Music Academy begins second season

Today was the first day of school for fifty-one young musicians in the Morse Summer Music Academy. Now in its second year, the Morse Academy at the Yale School of Music offers intensive music instruction for students in grades 5 through 11 in the New Haven Public Schools.

The 2011 Morse Academy runs from July 25 to August 19. For those four weeks, students meet five days a week, at least four hours a day – more music than most have ever done before.

Students who successfully complete the Academy will have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities may include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music performances.

Participants in the Morse Academy are selected not only for their musical accomplishment but for their enthusiasm and ability to commit to an intensive program. They must also have at least a B average in school. The program is open to students in grades 5 through 11 who play woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, or piano.

This year, 51 students are taking part in the program. Last summer, there were 42 students from 10 schools.


Published July 25, 2011
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John Merrow to address distinguished educators at Symposium

Education journalist John Merrow will give the keynote speech at the Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 9–12 at the School of Music. Merrow is the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and the president of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City. His most recent book, The Influence of Teachers, was published in February by LM Books. He blogs regularly at Taking Note.

Merrow’s talk, titled Is Harmony in Education Possible?, will be a part of the Symposium’s Awards Dinner on Friday, June 10. The dinner will feature the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award to fifty music teachers from across the country.

The biennial Symposium brings together fifty music educators from public schools in the United States who are nominated by their superintendents and selected by a panel of music professionals. In addition to receiving the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, these teachers will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools. They will be joined at the Symposium by the music teachers in the New Haven Public Schools.

“I am thrilled to be invited,” Merrow said.”I don’t think there’s any place quite like the Yale School of Music” in terms of university involvement in the public schools in its community. The mission “to honor teachers – that’s just absolutely wonderful thing that you do.” The Symposium is one branch of the Music in Schools Initiative at the School of Music, funded by the Yale College Class of 1957 as its 50th reunion class project.

One of Merrow’s concerns with today’s educational landscape is the incoherence of approaches to deep-seated, system-wide problems. In a recent blog post, he wrote: MORE

Published June 3, 2011
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Morse Summer Music Academy in full swing

The Morse Summer Music Academy has been in full swing for just over a week and there have already been numerous events: two concerts; a talk to the students and their parents by the distinguished educator James Comer; a special presentation on theory and musicianship by professor Joan Panetti; a clarinet master class with professor David Shifrin; a field trip to the Norfolk Summer School and Chamber Music Festival in northwestern Connecticut; a visit by the donors, Lester and Enid Morse; and an informal meeting with parents by Dean Robert Blocker.

All this in addition to daily ensemble rehearsals, individual practice and lessons, and classes in musicianship.

Published August 4, 2010
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Yale announces 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools

Teachers register for the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

Teachers gather in the lobby of Sprague Hall for the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the second biannual Symposium on Music in Schools for June 10-11, 2009.  Sponsored by the Yale College Class of 1957 and the Yale School of Music, the Symposium is part of the Music in Schools project, initiated by the Class of ’57 in honor of their 50th reunion in 2007.

Once again, the Symposium will bring together approximately fifty teachers from around the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching music in public schools.  This year’s Distinguished Music Educators will convene in New Haven to discuss vital issues in music education and participate in skill-building workshops. MORE

Published January 21, 2009
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